The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Volume II: 1664-1666 by Samuel Pepys audiobook

The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Volume II: 1664-1666

By Samuel Pepys
Read by Leighton Pugh , with David Timson

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the naval office, it is an intimate portrait of life in seventeenth-century England. Pepys’ diary covers his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theater, food, wine, and his peccadilloes. This audiobook production is the world premiere recording of the diary in its entirety. Divided into three volumes, Volume II features some of Pepys’ most famous passages; he was present, in London, during the terrible Plague of 1665, followed by the Great Fire of London the following year, where he played an active role in the actual event and the aftermath.

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the naval office, it is an intimate portrait of life in seventeenth-century England. Pepys’ diary covers his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theater, food, wine, and his peccadilloes.

This audiobook production is the world premiere recording of the diary in its entirety. Divided into three volumes, Volume II features some of Pepys’ most famous passages; he was present, in London, during the terrible Plague of 1665, followed by the Great Fire of London the following year, where he played an active role in the actual event and the aftermath.

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“Not many listeners are so thrilled by the minutiae of seventeenth-century English life that they will want to devote more than 115 hours to listening to this classic journal—but those who stick it out will be well rewarded. Narrator Leighton Pugh’s portrayal of Pepys is sometimes confiding, sometimes whiny, sometimes meditative about religion and politics, but always human. For ten years, while Pepys was on the margins of the great actions of his time, he recorded every day’s events. From the discovery of a new public toilet to the restoration of King Charles II and the Great Fire of London, Pepys wrote down what he saw, and Pugh keeps it all lively. David Timson ably reads the historical introductions to each year.” AudioFile, combined review of volumes 1-3

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Author Bio: Samuel Pepys

Author Bio: Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys (1633–1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although he had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work, and his talent for administration to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy. The detailed private diary he kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the nineteenth century and is one of the most important primary sources for history of the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 37.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English